KUALA LUMPUR: The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FTSE KLCI) on Bursa Malaysia remained slightly higher at mid-afternoon today on mild buying interest and amid quiet trading, dealers said.
At 3.03 pm, the key index gained 0.12 of a point to 1,785.87, after fluctuating between 1,788.53 and 1,775.11.
Gains were led by TNB which contributed 1.118 points to the composite index with the share rising 11 sen to RM9.16, with 1.754 million lots changing hands.
The local market was quiet today as some investors remained on the sidelines, monitoring the progress of the US debt ceiling crisis, instead of taking any major position, a dealer said.
The shortened week due to the Hari Raya AidilAdha holiday tomorrow also weighed on investors' buying interest, the dealer added.
On the scoreboard, the Finance Index declined 19.32 points to 16,672.48 and the Industrial Index trimmed 12.47 points to 3,055.59, but the Plantation Index improved 3.51 points to 8,364.
The FBM Emas Index slipped 8.04 points to 12,423.62, the FBMT100 was 8.11 points lower at 12,155.3, the FBM70 Index fell 46.12 points to 14,156.72 and the FBM Ace Index lost 37.86 points to 5,465.71.
Losers led gainers 399 to 250, while 280 counters were unchanged, 680 untraded and 15 others suspended.
Volume stood at 907.262 million shares worth RM530.002 million.
Among actives, Hubline inched up half-a-sen to six sen, Xidelang Holdings gained two sen to 29.5 sen, while MAS was flat at 35 sen.
Of the heavyweights, both Maybank and Petronas Chemicals were flat at RM10.00 and RM7.06, respectively.
However, Axiata Group eased two sen to RM6.89, while CIMB and Sime Darby shed one sen each to RM7.48 and RM9.44, respectively. -- BERNAMA